Karachi: Man charged over kidnap, murder of girl
Karachi: An anti-terrorism court on Monday recorded the statements of two prosecution witnesses in a case pertaining to the kidnapping and murder of an eight-year-old girl.
Judge Ghulam Ali Samtio of ATC-I, who is conducting the trial, adjourned the hearing till April 23, when the investigation officer will testify.
A medico-legal officer of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Dr Fareeda, who had conducted autopsy on Iqra, told the court that medical reports confirmed that the girl had been sexually abused before being killed and marks of violence were also found on her body.
ASI Munir Ahmed of the Mochko police station in his statement before the trial court said that while acting on information from the relevant police station he had found some parts of the victim girl’s body in the Mockho area and handed them over to the authorities concerned after completing legal formalities.
According to the prosecution, Tanveer Ahmed had kidnapped the eight-year-old girl, Iqra, on Feb 25, 2007 in the Pakistan Bazar police limits when she was playing in front of her home. The accused, brother-in-law of the girl’s father, took her to his home and demanded a ransom of Rs500,000 from the victim’s father, Saleem.
The accused later allegedly raped the girl. He then killed her and chopped her body into pieces. Police had traced the accused through the calls he had made on the complainant’s cellular phone and arrested him.
During the initial interrogation, the accused said he had buried different parts of the victim’s body in the Saddar and Mochko areas. The police had raided the locations and disinterred the parts.
Earlier, judicial magistrate Irshad Hussain Qureshi testified that police had produced the accused, Tanveer Ahmed, in his court and he recoded the accused’s confessional statement under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code after completing legal formalities.
A case (FIR 74/2007) was lodged on the complaint of the victim’s father in the Pakistan Bazaar police station under Sections 365-A, 302 and 376 of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7(A), (E), (I) of the Anti-terrorism Act.